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Au Revoir

Wed, 1st Sep 2004 12:00am

So it's au revoir to Karim Kerkar and Jean Louis Valois after their short stay at Broadwood.

Immediately after last night's cup tie with Stranraer, both players put pen to paper to end their minimum twenty-eight day contracts with the Bully Wee.

In Jean Louis case, circumstances beyond Clyde's control restricted his spell at Cumbernauld to just one game. Karim played three times and showed his class from the very first minute. It's difficult to think of anyone in recent times who made such an impact for Clyde.

Those fans who spotted Dundee United manager Ian McColl and his assistant Gordon Chisholm amongst the many managers who attended last night's tie could have been forgiven for assuming that they were on a CIS Cup spying mission.

They may well have been, but this morning a more obvious reason for their presence emerged when it was announced that that twenty-seven year old Karim had signed a six month contract with the Tannadice club.

Bully Wee fans will be united in the belief that Karim is bound to do well in the Premierleague but his appearance for Clyde at New Broomfield means he definitely won't be in the United line-up to face Clyde in the CIS Cup at Tannadice on 21 September.

In his farewell meeting with Karim last night, Billy Reid thanked Karim for his services and hoped he would continue to enjoy his extended stay in Scotland. In passing the Clyde boss asked Karim what he thought of Scottish food. In a hurriedly acquired grasp of the local vernacular, and to the obvious amusement of Billy Reid, he responded "no bad"!

For a few short week "the wee boy" as Alex Smith admiringly referred to Karim, was a bit more than no bad. Everyone at Broadwood wishes both he and Jean Louis all the best in their future careers.